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NAG Kicks Off In Nashville

Held Sept. 15-17, the National Advisory Group brings retailers together to build profits and relationships. The 2013 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville. NAG is part of Harbor Communications and the Convenience Store Decisions Group. It is an association driven by retailers for

Parker’s Hires Convenience Store Industry Veteran

Jon Mangum joins Parker’s as director of operations. Parker’s recently hired convenience store industry veteran Jon Mangum as the company’s new director of operations. In his new position, Mangum is responsible for overseeing retail operations at Parker’s locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Before joining Parker’s, Mangum served as retail operations manager for Stinker Stores

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J & H Oil Launches New Mobile App and Website

J & H Family Stores Convenience Store Chain partners with OpenStore by GasBuddy. J & H Family Stores locations are committed to courteous customer service and quality products., and with the introduction of J & H Family Stores app and Website, the company is taking this philosophy to the digital market. Showcasing mobile coupons, in-store

Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day

Customers enjoy one-cent Bean Street Coffee. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., is celebrating National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just one penny to guests at its more than 1,550 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. Guests that have a penny saved will earn a hot, fresh cup

CITGO Launches Fall 2013 Fueling Good Project

Non-profits can win $5,000 in CITGO gift cards for helping local communities. CITGO Petroleum Corp. invites eligible 501(c)(3) organizations to enter its Fall Fueling Good Project to win $5,000 in CITGO Gift Cards for doing good in their local communities. From now until Oct. 20, non-profit organizations can enter this year’s program at www.FuelingGood.com/participate or

Research Shows Retailers How To Woo Smartphone Shoppers

Columbia Business School and Aimia researchers survey more than 3000 consumers to understand how they use smartphones in store aisles. With brick-and-mortar-retail stores continuing to struggle with the rise of “showrooming” consumers—those visiting a store to see a product but then purchasing it later online—groundbreaking research from Columbia Business School and global loyalty experts Aimia

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Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes Awards Kia Soul Winner

Summer Soul Promotion recognizes finalists with prizes. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, a convenience store chain in Upstate New York, recently awarded a 2013 Kia Soul to Gary Dillon of Westmoreland, N.Y Dillon’s name was drawn on Sunday, Aug. 25 from 50 qualifiers at the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes’ Summer with Soul Promotion Grand

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Big Y and F. L. Roberts Announce Partnership

Big Y Express to open in fall 2013. Big Y Foods Inc. and F.L. Roberts & Co. Inc., two long established western Massachusetts, family-owned and operated businesses, have partnered in a new venture to develop their own brand of convenience stores with fuel under the name Big Y Express. The first facility will open in

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Sheetz Recognizes Exceptional Vendor

For more than 10 years, Sheetz has been gathering its vendors together to establish goals for the coming year, have fun and raise money for the Sheetz Brother Charities. The vendor event is one of the largest fundraisers for the charities that include the Make-A-Wish Foundation. While raising money through vendor support is an objective

Chevron’s 2013 Fuel Your School Program Expands

Helps fund classroom projects in 14 U.S. communities. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. announced the expansion of its Fuel Your School program to 14 U.S. communities this fall from nine communities in 2012. Designed to support education for local public schools based on the specific requests of each classroom, Fuel Your School will help meet the critical

Atlas Oil Announces Car Giveaway

On Sept. 18, one lucky customer will drive away in a new Chevrolet Camaro LS. Atlas Oil Co. will be awarding a two-year lease on a new Chevrolet Camaro LS to one lucky winner in its Summer Road Rally Promotion on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Marathon station at 22350 Ecorse Rd. in

Susser Announces New Appointments To Its Boards of Directors

Susser Holdings and Susser Petroleum Partners each announced new additions to their Board of Directors this week. Susser Petroleum Partners LP elected Frank Risch, a retired Exxon Mobil Corporation executive, to the Board of Directors of Susser Petroleum Partners GP LLC, the general partner of Susser Petroleum Partners LP. Risch has been named to the

Casey’s Reports Record Quarter

Strong gas and inside sales. Casey’s General Stores Inc. reported diluted earnings per share of $1.43 for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 ended July 31, 2013, compared to $1.01 for the same quarter a year ago. “We are off to an excellent start of the fiscal year driven by strong sales throughout all categories,”

Valero Asks Obama Administration to Waive Ethanol Mandate

Valero Energy Corp. is calling on the Obama administration to waive the country’s biofuel target, because the cost to reach it has soared, Bloomberg reported. “We need the waiver now,” Valero Chief Executive Officer Bill Klesse, said in a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy. Refiners are required by law to use

Local CITGO Marketer C.N. BROWN Co. Launches Fall Mobile Program

Benefits Muscular Dystrophy Association. Local CITGO Marketer C.N. Brown Co. and Big Apple Food Stores are launching the “Apple of Our Eye” mobile program, selling paper apples for $1 from Sept. 1 through Oct. 12 with all proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). As an added bonus, each customer who purchases an “Apple

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Bobby & Steve’s Comes of Age

Fresh off the introduction of its World Class rewards program, the Minnesota chain is expanding its foodservice offering, investing in employee training and bolstering its operations to drive profitability. By John Lofstock, Editor.In an industry where more than 145,000 stores all sell the same items, differentiating your brand and your offering is a challenge. But

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Finding Supply Chain Success

Building a strong relationship with your vendors can ease the negotiation process and take unnecessary costs out of the distribution system. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Cutting costs along the supply chain remains a challenge for convenience stores, but strong negotiation and communication skills can go a long way toward scoring the best possible deal

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Surviving the Next Superstorm

Do you have a contingency plan in place in case disaster strikes one or more of your convenience store locations? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Being prepared for major storms and disasters is vital to any convenience store, especially those in areas most susceptible to hurricanes, as Superstorm Sandy taught us just last year. The

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Delivering the Goods

There’s no one-solution-fits-all when it comes to distribution. Focus and timing can make all the difference in the world. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. After working with a single distributor for 40 years, York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores last month signed three-year agreements with Core-Mark and US Foods. Robert Perkins, Rutter’s vice president of marketing,

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Maintaining Data Security Standards

While many retailers are breathing a sigh of relief in regard to PCI compliance, Visa and MasterCard are constantly changing the rules, requiring stores to make costly changes and upgrades. By John Lofstock, Editor. When it comes to data security, all retailers need to be prepared for the worst scenario, but that can’t happen if

Yucaipa Acquiring Fresh & Easy

The acquisition “offers us an orderly and efficient exit from the U.S. market,” says Tesco CEO. Yucaipa Cos. LLC is set to acquire Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain from Britain-based Tesco, which has been struggling to turn a profit with the chain since its debut in 2007. The deal was announced Tuesday, although the

NCASEF To Donate $750,000 To Hire Heros USA

7-Eleven Inc. and vendor partners break donation record.   The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF), in partnership with 7-Eleven, Inc. and 15 vendor partners, recently announced its single largest financial commitment ever to a charitable organization—Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit organization offering transition and job search assistance to military veterans and their

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Break Time Launches Loyalty Program

Smartphone app built on VERGE Retail Platform. MFA Oil Co., which operates 77 Break Time convenience stores across Missouri and Arkansas has partnered with VERGE Retail, using its Connect smartphone platform to launch a loyalty program. With the loyalty features built into the Break Time app, c-store customers are rewarded each time they use their

Kroger Achieves Perishable Donations Partnership Milestones

The company has donated 175 million fresh meat, produce & dairy meals to feed hungry families since 2008. The Kroger Co. has donated 175 million meals from fresh meat, produce, dairy and bakery items to Feeding America food banks since 2008 through its groundbreaking Perishable Donations Partnership. The program has also enabled Kroger to divert

Kangaroo Express Introduces New Sausage Biscuit Breakfast Offering

New on-the-go breakfast item is included in $2 breakfast combo and grill deals. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced the Jimmy Dean Sausage and Biscuit Bun, its exclusive new breakfast biscuit, is rolling in on the grill to its 1,160 grill-ready stores. Taking a twist on the classic American hot dog, the Jimmy

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